What Are The Top 5 Metal Bands Of The 1980s?

Each week fans tune in to That Metal Show to see Eddie, Jim and Don weigh-in and argue about such important subjects as What Are Led Zeppelin’s Top 5 Albums or Who Are Metal’s Top 5 Hired Guns? For season 12 we moved the debate online and let  you, the fans, make your voices heard in our weekly TMS Top 5 polls.  The season has come to an end and we saved the best for last and asked  the boys to help rank the Top 5 hard rock and heavy metal bands of the 1980s.

With the advent of music videos and the stylistic breakthroughs of glam and its antithesis, thrash, the 1980s were perhaps the high-water mark of heavy metal music. Who are your favorite ’80s bands? Do you prefer the sensationalistic offerings of Mötley Crüe, the thoughtful speed assault of Metallica or the unabashed rock n’roll grime of Guns N’ Roses? Peep the boys picks on the following pages and go to the end to vote in our poll and let us know your favorite ’80s bands.  You can vote as many times for as many different bands as you like!

Eddie Trunk
1. Metallica
2. Anthrax
3. Megadeth
4. Tesla
5. Skid Row

Jim Florentine
1. Metallica
2. Guns N’ Roses
3. Motley Crüe
4. Slayer
5. Megadeth

Don Jamieson
1. Guns N’ Roses
2. Motley Crue
3. Ratt
4. Metal Church
5. Exodus

What Are The Top 5 Metal Bands Of The 1980s?